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:: The 34th Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival is currently running until the end of October.

The programme, funded by the Department of Communities through NI Screen, offers unmissable film opportunities for young people, families, schools, and young film-makers, with over 100 events in Ulster Museum, Queen’s Film Theatre, The Belfast Barge, Strand Arts Center , Black Box, Accidental Theater and Odeon Cinemas Belfast.

The film line-up features over 150 films including 30 international previews and three special gala screenings including the Northern Ireland premiere of heart-warming Danish animation Rosa and The Stone Troll, the Northern Ireland premiere of The Inventor, which brings the world of Leonardo Da Vinci to life in a new stylized animated feature voiced by Stephen Fry, Daisy Ridley and Marion Cotillard, and the adventure-filled Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie.

Cinemagic chief executive Joan Burney Keatings MBE said “As an innovator in the field of youth film exhibition and engagement with world class talent from the screen industry, we are providing a unique window to the world and celebrating stories from all walks of life.

“With continued support from our funders Cinemagic can motivate young audiences, nurture skills, and develop tomorrow’s creative workforce. I really encourage festival supporters and new audiences to get involved this autumn and enjoy the wonder of cinema.”

US Ambassador to the UK Jane Hartley will be keynote speaker at the 2023 WiB Group Chair’s lunch on Friday October 13 at Titanic Belfast. She will address 400 business leaders and entrepreneurs on the theme ‘Even Better When…’ at an event which will celebrate 21 years of Women in Business and its collective impact on the north’s economy and wider society


The UK Space Conference is coming to Belfast ICC from November 21-23.

It is the first time the event has come to the city, and NI Space, which supports the development of Northern Ireland companies interested and working in the space sector, and its director Robert Hill are keen to highlight the opportunities for cooperation, development and investment .

The NI Space cluster ranges from SMEs to large multinationals but they all share a desire to expand and develop their involvement in the multi-million-pound space industry.

All the UK based clusters, as well as delegates from all over the world including representatives from US, Japan, Italy, Hungary and France, will be attending the three-day conference aiming to cultivate ideas, partnerships and share best practice.

The UK Space Conference comes a few months after the UK Space Agency launched a £50 million fund, the Space Cluster Infrastructure fund (SCIF), which aims to grow and upgrade UK organizations capability, capacity and competition in the field of research and development ( R&D) as well as the recent £65 million fund for ground-breaking innovations that could boost UK leadership in space technologies and applications.

The UK Space Agency is also investing over £1 million to strengthen Northern Ireland’s space ecosystem, which includes its partnership with Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Space Office to support the public sector to draw on space data to improve local public services, the Space Technology Exploitation Program (STEP), which is being piloted by ADS Northern Ireland and is supporting innovative local space SMEs to help solve the technology challenges of future customers, and support for the Northern Ireland Space Office to establish itself as a space cluster.


EVERSHEDS Sutherland will host a one-day training event at its Montgomery House Belfast office on Friday October 13 (10am-4pm) covering trade union recognition, collective bargaining and industrial action.

It is aimed at delegates new to trade unions and industrial relations, as well as delegates with more experience, including those working in unionized environments.

The training course (which costs £350 per cent) will not just look at the law, but also how to deal with ‘real life’ issues.

Speakers include Ian McFarland, partner in employment at Eversheds Sutherland Northern Ireland; Emma Humphreys, partner in labor and employment, Eversheds Sutherland UK; and Stephen Chegwin, principal associate, labor and employment, Eversheds Sutherland UK. Booking details at

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